• Merrily From Center Stage

     

    MERRILY FROM CENTER STAGE

    A solo musical based on memories of Ann's award-winning Broadway debut as Mary Flynn in the 1981 Stephen Sondheim musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

    directed by Hal Prince.

    MERRILY FROM CENTER STAGE was first produced at Feinstein's/54 Below

    "Merrily From Center Stage is a musical memoir about a very specific time in Ann Morrison's life - a time that didn't last very long but that had a lasting effect that she is still feeling today - and even though this all happened some four decades ago, Morrison's memory seems to be in crystal clear snap-trap working order. The details that the singing actress produces in the script of her show are stunningly outlined and breathtakingly arranged for immaculate storytelling effect. What she and Musical Director John Shirley (with an assist from Creative Consultant Blake Walton) have done is take all of those memories, deconstruct them, reconstruct them, and then layer in the original Merrily score, also de-and-re-constructed, to tell the tale of the time before Merrily, the casting of Merrily, and the rehearsal of Merrily - a process that sounds harrowing enough to drive any actor out of show business." --Stephen Mosher Broadway World

     

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    The Witch

    INTO THE WOODS

    2014, freeFall Theater, Saint Pete

    "I first heard Ann Morrison as Mary Flynn in the Merrily We Roll Along original Broadway cast album over 30 years ago. Her witch in INTO THE WOODS is a stunning creation (and yes, I could hear moments of Mary seep through; it was like hearing the voice of an old friend from long ago). The witch is all things, part creepy creature, part broken-hearted mother. Morrison's Act 2 rendition of "Last Midnight" is the best I have ever heard. She sings the hell out of it. And in a single day, it has become one of my favorite Sondheim numbers, all thanks to Morrison's glorious interpretation." - Peter Nason, BWW

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    Driving Miss Daisy

    American Stage, Saint Pete 2010

    "Ann Morrison plays Daisy, and she's wonderful in the role. Morrison's Daisy is bad-tempered, suspicious, terrified, censorious, but also kind, caring, righteous and near-indomitable."

    -Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing

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    Norman Desmond

    Sunset Boulevard

    2011, Music Theatre of Wichita

    "Broadway veteran Ann Morrison is brilliant as Norma Desmond, the silent film star who couldn’t transition to talkies and retreated to her mansion to watch her movies and relive past glories.

    Morrison has a powerful, precise soprano that can lilt and lull you, but then pin you to your seat in a fit of belting rage. She is a grand presence you can’t get enough of. Morrison plays Norma as imperious but not intentionally mean. She is pathetic but sympathetic. She is sweetly ridiculous in her dramatic gestures, but you never question the character’s dignity. Morrison slips skillfully between dangerous passion and deadly madness, and holds us in her grasp wondering what she’ll do next."

    - Bob Curtright, The Wichita Eagle

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    Meg

    Damn Yankees

    2015, St. Paul MN

    "Ann Morrison as Meg is a mid-1950s housewife with both verve and tenderness. When the spot-light closes in on her at the end of the beautiful "Near to You," sung with yearning by Meg and her two Joes, the look on her face speaks of complete faith and love." - Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway